Here’s today’s wild thought…
Let’s say that Joba Chamberlain has a truly rough Spring Training this year…say, he can’t even retire 40 batters during exhibition games and has an ERA of 7.98 in the process.
And, while this is happening, Phil Hughes is lights-out in the exhibition games – throwing 21 innings while allowing only 6 hits and 2 earned runs.
If this happens, what do you do with Joba’s place in the starting rotation? Do you swap him out and give Hughes the slot? Or, do you ignore Spring Training stats and go by what you saw during the regular season last year?
It’s more than just a wild thought. Actually, it’s a heckuva question, no?